The First victory in Euro: 2016. A the first goal ever?

Short history of Polish football with a pinch of Jewish flavor.

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Józef Klotz, the scorer of the first ever goal for Polish national team.

The 1:0 victory against the Northern Ireland during the Euro 2016 in France was the first ever for the Polish national side in its history of participation in European Championships. The winner was scored 51 minutes into the game by Ajax Amsterdam player, Arkadiusz Milik.

But who scored the first ever goal for the White-and-Red team? To answer this question we need to travel in time back to the 28th May, 1922.

In their third international match the White-and-Red side played against Swedish team on Olympic Stadium in Stockholm. 27 minutes into the match Swedish player, Einar Hemming, played a hand ball in the penalty area. The referee pointed at the 11 meters spot. The ball was approached by Józef Klotz, Polish-Jewish player of Jutrzenka Cracow. He didn’t give a keeper any chance. In 74th minute Józef Garbień added another goal and the Poles could celebrate their first ever, historic win – we defeated Swedes 2:1. 

Lets focus again on the scorer of the first goal for Polish national side, Józef Klotz. It was his second, and, as it turned out, the last cap in the jersey with the white eagle on the chest. However, later on he continued his league career playing in Makabi Warsaw, but never had he gotten another chance to represent his country again.

We don’t know much more about Józef Klotz. Also his wartime story remains unknown. What we know, though, is that he perished in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941.

It is also worth mentioning that the coach of Polish national side during the clash against Sweden was another Polish-Jew, Józef Lustgarten.

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